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Effective climate change adaptation means supporting community autonomy

Communities want to determine their own climate change adaptation strategies, and scientists and decision-makers should listen to them — both the equity and efficacy of climate change adaptation depend on it. We outline key lessons researchers and development actors can take to support communities and learn from them.

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We thank S. Attari for helpful discussion and M. Borgerhoff Mulder for helpful comments. We acknowledge funding from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (NSF award number 1639145).

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Conceptualization: A.C.P., X.B., K.G.D., K.J.M., E.R., J.M.T., A.H., M.A.K., K.L.K., J.S.L., M.M., P.E.S., T.F.T., J.H.J.; funding acquisition: A.C.P., J.H.J.; project administration: A.C.P.; visualization: A.C.P., K.G.D.; writing — original draft: A.C.P.; writing — review and editing: A.C.P., X.B., K.G.D., K.J.M., E.R., J.M.T., A.H., M.A.K., K.L.K., J.S.L., M.M., P.E.S., T.F.T., J.H.J.

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Pisor, A.C., Basurto, X., Douglass, K.G. et al. Effective climate change adaptation means supporting community autonomy. Nat. Clim. Chang. 12, 213–215 (2022).

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